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After a string of acid attacks in London, two boys aged 15

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Victims were left bewildered and in agony, as five separate

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assaults were carried out in under 90 minutes.

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I took off my helmet and I'm screaming for help because it's

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getting dry and as much as it's getting dry, it's burning.

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With the number of acid attacks on the rise,

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we'll be asking what can be done to prevent them.

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A modern musical welcome in Paris from one President to another.

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Now it seems they're the firmest of friends.

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Jailed for 17 years - the former TV producer who tried

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to hire three hitmen to kill his long-term partner.

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The families taking part in an international trial

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to try to find a way of treating dementia.

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Roger Federer wins his semi-final in straight sets, leaving him now

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one win from a historic eighth Wimbledon title.

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And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News, Rory McIlroy heads into next

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week's Open Championship on the back of a third missed cut

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in four events, this time at the Scottish Open.

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Two teenagers have been arrested after a string of acid attacks

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Five people in separate incidents had acid thrown in their faces,

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causing in the case of one man "life-changing" injuries.

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The attacks happened amid rising concern about the number

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of assaults in the capital involving corrosive fluids.

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The attacks were carried out at five separate locations in east London

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within the space of less than 90 minutes.

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This report, from our Home Affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford,

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contains some disturbing images from the start.

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In the aftermath of an acid attack last night...

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We need to try to get water in your eyes.

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Police officers desperately trying to reduce the burning

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I just jumped away from my bike and I just ran.

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Tonight, the victim of that attack, Javed Hussain, told me

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that the first help he received was from a passer-by.

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I said, look, someone put acid on my face.

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She was shocked, she was trying to call an ambulance.

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If you call an ambulance, it's going to be long,

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I need water now on my face because it's hurting, it's burning.

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She ran to the Co-operative and she got one of the bottles of water.

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The attack here turned out to be the first of five over

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the next hour and a quarter, all in a small area of east London

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and all involving acid being thrown at the victims.

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At every crime scene the target had been driving mopeds.

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A 24-year-old man here in Clapton was left with life changing injuries

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The Prime Minister said the attacks were horrific.

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Police have arrested a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old.

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National statistics on acid attacks are not collated by the Home Office

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but in London they have risen from 129 two years ago to 224 last

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year, and by April this year there have already been another 66.

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One of the most high profile recent attacks was last month

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when 21-year-old Resham Khan and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar,

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were targeted whilst sitting in their car at a traffic light.

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We are concerned because the numbers appear to be going up.

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We will arrest people, we will enforce the law as we can

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and we are working very closely with the Home Office

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to see if there are any changes in law required.

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Stephen Timms is one of the MPs in east London

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He has been campaigning for a change in the law and will lead a debate

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I'd like the Minister to confirm on Monday that the possession

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of acid will be an offence in the future in exactly the same

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way that possession of a knife is an offence today.

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I would like the law to be changed so that sulphuric acid will only be

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It seems likely that some criminals are using the laxer rules on acid

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to avoid the tough laws on carrying a knife.

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The Home Office today said it was working with police

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and retailers to tackle what it called these sickening crimes.

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But any change in the law would take time.

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USA that changes would take time but are they likely? -- you say that.

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There is no doubt there is a discrepancy between the punishment

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for carrying a knife and for carrying a bottle of acid and while

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knives are more likely to kill you, a bottle of acid in the face can

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cause life changing damage to your eyes or scars to your face. There is

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an argument being made at the moment that you should essentially make it

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illegal to be carrying any acid as you walk around the street unless

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you have a very good reason. There is also an argument as you saw Von

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Stephen Timms that it should be much more difficult to buy one of the

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most dangerous of the commonly used acids, sulphuric acid and perhaps it

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should only be available to people who can prove they work in

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specialist areas. But governments are quite wary about quickly

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changing the law in response to emerging crime trends. There is a

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law that already exists with says that possession of a corrosive

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substance with intent to cause harm would be a crime and that could be

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used more often. If somebody throws acid into the face of somebody else

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they could be prosecuted for grievous bodily harm with intent

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which carries a life sentence so perhaps ministers want to see those

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kinds of offences used more but they are in discussions with police and

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retailers and a law change is possible but I don't think it is

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inevitable. Thank you. President Trump has described

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America's relationship with France as "stronger than ever"

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as he attended the Bastille Day The parade marked a hundred years

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since the Americans entered the First World War,

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but events have also been held to remember the 86 people

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killed in the Nice attack, Our Paris correspondent

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Lucy Williamson reports. France today celebrated it long US

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alliance with a series of increasingly forceful handshakes

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between the heads of state. This event was not about the ties between

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men but between nations. Joining the Armed Forces from both America and

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France, beginning with a fly past of visiting fighter jets. Their

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soldiers also led the parade together in a tribute to their role

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in world War I. The US is an ally of theirs, I know sometimes we don't

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think so but France was there for us and we are the for them. I did not

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vote for president from but he is our president and we are proud to

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have him here. Speaking to the crowd in central Paris, Mr Macron thanked

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the US for the choice it had made a century ago and said that France and

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America would never be divided. The France of today was honoured as

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well with a military band playing music by Daft Punk. Enjoyed by some

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in the audience, perhaps more than others. France's changing culture

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mirrored in this parade, accompanied by changing security threats as

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well. The image of France's security forces has changed in the past few

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years, repeated terrorist attacks have refocused attention on security

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at home and the values that France has chosen to protect. The ceremony

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ended with the city and some of Nice, the scene of the country's

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last major terrorist attack a year ago today. In Nice, the tributes

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honoured those who died in the attack, killed by a truck driven

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into Bastille Day crowds. Their names, 86 of them, pinned by

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survivors into the shape of a heart. This afternoon President Macron flew

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from Paris to join the commemorations. The fight against

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terrorism was a battle for our civilisation, he said. The events

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here today were still haunted by debates over how best to guarantee

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security as the country once again paid tribute to its values, its

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history, to the idea of France. Lucy Williamson, BBC News, Paris.

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A former producer on the TV drama The Bill has been sentenced to 17

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years in prison for trying to hire a series of hit men to kill

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David Harris, who's 68, offered three men ?200,000

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to murder his partner, Hazel Allinson.

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He wanted to inherit her fortune and start a new life with a woman

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David Harris was with his partner, Hazel, for 30 years,

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but unknown to her, he also had a girlfriend, Ugne Cekaviciute,

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To keep her and get rid of Hazel, Harris went looking to hire not one,

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not two, but three hit men, all of whom were completely innocent

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Harris first approached Christopher May, a private

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detective, who secretly recorded Harris, suggesting Hazel

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should be killed after a visit to the hospital.

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Harris then made this chilling comment.

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When Christopher May backed out, Harris turned to Duke Dean.

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The pair were seen here meeting in London.

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Mr Dean told me Harris offered him ?175,000 to kill Hazel.

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Did you get the impression he was serious about getting rid of Hazel?

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Duke Dean tipped off police, who then used an undercover officer

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When Harris was arrested he told police that all he was doing

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The judge rejected that today, saying his real intention

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was to kill Hazel and get his hands on her money.

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David Harris and Hazel Allinson did have happy times,

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but his obsession with another woman, 40 years younger,

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led him to push three men to kill, to satisfy his lust,

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Dementia in old age is the biggest cause of death in the UK.

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But in some families, extremely rare gene mutations

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can cause Alzheimer's disease in middle-age.

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Now, experts believe that studying the way the disease develops in such

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families could hold the key to treatment in the future.

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There are currently thought to be around 500,000 people in the UK

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It's thought that in around 1% of cases, the disease

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is a genetic inheritance, passed down through the family.

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Those who inherit Alzheimer's often develop it in their 40s and 50s.

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Our medical correspondent Fergus Walsh spoke to two families

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with a history of Alzheimer's, both of whom are taking

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I'm almost just waiting for the first sign, really.

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The minute you forget something, the minute you can't

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Sophie Leggett from Suffolk has a 50-50 chance of having inherited

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She is now around the same age symptoms first emerged

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And if Sophie has the early-onset gene, she could also

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I can almost cope with the thought that it could happen to me

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but what I can't cope with is the thought that

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if it happens to me, it could happen to my daughter.

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That's my big thing and I don't think I will ever come to terms

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But what does her 16-year-old daughter think?

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It's not like a taboo thing to talk about.

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I think it's brought us closer together.

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We've always been close but closer and I think just

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Families from all over the world who carry rare

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Alzheimer's genes are in London for a major conference.

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Dean has early-onset Alzheimer's but is still able to work full-time.

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Yeah, I just live day by day with it and keep moving on.

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Two of Dean's brothers and a sister died from dementia in their mid-50s.

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We are here because we don't want to watch another generation

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have to go through what my husband and his father and his

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I worry for my husband, but that fear of the unknown our for

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Dean's son, Tyler, has been tested for the faulty gene but,

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like Sophie, has chosen not to know the results.

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If you find out, it's not only are you finding out,

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it's your family finding out and the repercussions

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Both families are part of an international trial

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They are playing a vital role in the search for treatments.

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From them we understand the biomarkers, the changes

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in the body that happen, so you can see the disease before it

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And finally from them, hopefully we will find a treatment

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that works in that group and we can therefore extrapolate

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that to the Alzheimer's population in general.

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There is still no drug which can slow the focus

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In the past year alone two major clinical trials ended in failure.

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Despite that there is now real optimism that decades

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And for families with Alzheimer's genes, that would lift a shadow

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Local officials in Egypt say two German women have been stabbed

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to death at a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.

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Four more foreign tourists were wounded in the attack.

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Our Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin is in Cairo for us tonight.

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Give us a bit more detail about what happened.

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Tonight, British Embassy officials here in Cairo are telling me there

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are still no indications that any British people were caught up in the

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attack, but what we saw today, once again, was foreign tourists being

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targeted on a Middle Eastern beach, and for some in Britain, there will

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be painful echoes of the horrors inch in his ear in 2015, when 30

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British people were killed. A lone attacker swam ashore today, stabbed

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two women repeatedly, and let them to die on the sand. Local officials

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say he managed to swim to the adjoining beach and continued his

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attack, wounding several more tourists, and only then was he

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arrested. There has been no claim of responsibility, but suspicion will

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fall on the so-called Islamic State. They are carrying out an insurgency

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from neighbouring northern Sinai. You will remember they claimed

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responsibility for the downing of a Russian aircraft that had just taken

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off from the red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh. It devastated the tourism

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industry here. It had begun to recover and visitor numbers were up

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by about 50% in the first quarter of this year. Now, for many, there will

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be renewed concern about visiting Egypt. The Foreign Office advice is

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quite nuanced here, and there is no blanket ban on visiting the country.

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The FCO says it is quite likely that terrorists will try to carry out

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attacks and encourages vigilance. There is still a ban on any British

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aircraft flying to and from Sharm El Sheikh, and that remains in place.

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A High Court judge has heard that the American doctor who has

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offered to treat the terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard is to come

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Charlie's parents want him to receive experimental therapy.

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They have been involved in a lengthy legal battle with doctors

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at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who believe life support

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Douglas Innes, the boss of a sailing company,

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has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of a yacht

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The 40-foot Cheeki Rafiki lost its keel 700 miles off

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Nova Scotia three years ago, killing all four of its crew.

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Two Israeli police officers have died after Israeli Arab gunmen

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opened fire near a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem's Old City.

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The assailants were killed by security forces.

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The attack prompted Israeli officials to cancel Friday prayers

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All this week, we've been reporting on China's plan to recreate

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the famous Silk Road, the ancient trading route

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The ambitious project will mean building infrastructure

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President Xi Jinping says it will boost trade,

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But critics say that China's markets are far from open,

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and that the project will benefit Beijing at the expense

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Our China editor, Carrie Gracie, has been following the 7000-mile

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Facing west since the end of the Soviet era but eastern Europe

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is becoming a key piece in China's strategic jigsaw.

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Wieslaw and his son would never sell Polish land to Chinese investors.

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He explains they are actually trying to expand, hoping to sell dairy

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products to wealthy Chinese consumers who think

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China could be a big new market for European milk,

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but it's a long and complicated journey from here to

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It's a journey Wieslaw wants to risk, as dairy

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TRANSLATION: China is a very big and interesting market for us

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But China's markets are still far from open.

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And since the global financial crisis, it has mopped up cheap

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Now China wants to build here and control supply chains.

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A big idea driven by the state, not the market.

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Some economists warn that could be risky.

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When this is planned by the state agencies and it's going to be

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implemented by state agencies, then my worry is that it's

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going to end up with huge amounts of bad loans with dozens

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China's plan is already on the assembly line.

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This Polish factory once made tanks for the Soviet bloc.

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Now, it makes diggers for the Chinese state company that

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Hou Yubo hopes China's new Silk Road will turn it around.

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We don't see the mass of orders yet and we are ready for that

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So no real difference to the bottom line yet?

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The customers will have the need for machines, but not yet.

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Europe's bid for China is still in neutral,

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while China is moving up a gear here,

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either digging Europe out of a hole or digging that hole deeper.

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And you can see the final part of Carrie's journey

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on the Ten O'Clock News on Sunday night.

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The biggest names in para-athletics have been in action tonight

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as the World Championships get under way at the London Stadium.

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Hannah Cockroft extended her undefeated streak

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Our sports correspondent Andy Swiss reports on the action.

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Five years on from the Paralympics here, same stadium, different

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This will be the biggest World Para-Athletics ever - 250,000

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tickets sold, more than the last seven championships combined, and

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Hannah Cockroft is the closest thing to a racing certainty, but in

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At the top of the screen, her 16-year-old team-mate led the way.

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Hurricane Hannah, though, eventually lived up to her nickname, storming

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It confirmed Cockroft's status as one of sport's

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She has every title at every distance.

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I think, going round the warm up laps, I was getting a bit emotional.

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We haven't had that since London 2012,

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and just to be able to go in, put a good performance in, it just means

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so much, and hopefully, it's a sign of a good

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Some battle, then, but the British team is off to a golden start.

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Yes, a successful first evening for the British team, and there should

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be plenty more success over the next nine days, with stars like Jonnie

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Peacock, Richard Whitehead and Kadeena Cox, a real chance to revive

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the feel-good factor of London 2012. Rita.

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Tennis - and Roger Federer is on course to win a record

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eighth Wimbledon title, after making it

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He beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets to seal a place

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He'll face Croatia's Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday.

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There is a man transported around the All-England Club as if he was

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This is what Wimbledon looked like in 1998.

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That teenager, the junior singles champion.

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ANNOUNCER: Roger Federer from Switzerland.

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Back then, your phone may well have been at home, and your

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The world changes, but Federer's appeared

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timeless, his appeal spanning nations and generations.

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Sure, nobody's perfect, but nobody's seemed closer.

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His semifinal against Tomas Berdych was classic Federer -

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a tight match against a strong opponent, where Federer always just

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At 35, he's rationed his tournaments, conserved

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his energy, to enable him to win points like this.

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The first two sets both went to tie-breaks.

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When he wants to, Federer can just turn a

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COMMENTATOR: It's just delicious, isn't it?

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Berdych had beaten Federer here before, reached the final here

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It was 6-4 in the third, and the number of sets

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Federer has lost at this year's Wimbledon?

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So, Roger Federer, through, and that is popular on the

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But there is still a man standing between Federer and that

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Marin Cilic of Croatia, who overcame Sam Querrey today -

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And Cilic is an opponent in the final Federer

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He's a lovely guy, so I'm happy for him.

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Wimbledon finals, and after he crushed me at the US Open a few

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years back, where he played lights-out, I hope he's

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At 35, could Federer really be getting better?

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Well, so far, here, he's been too good for everyone

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